Friday, December 18, 2015

Makin's Clay Napkin Ring

Need some quick and easy napkin rings?  Makin’s Clay® is just for you!



For each napkin ring make one big poinsettia from the Christmas Nature mold and three leaves from the Floral Mold.


Wrap a strip of clay around an oval cutter (or an empty toilet paper roll) to make the napkin ring band.


After everything has dried, cover with burnt umber oil paint and immediately rub off to antique them.


Add a dab of red oil paint to a paper towel and rub on the poinsettia.  Do the same with yellow oil paint for the center of the flower.  Apply green oil paint to the leaves.


I added red, yellow, and green glitter for a little sparkle.


Glue the leaves to the flower.


Glue the flower to the napkin ring.


Add your napkin and you are ready to go!  Quick and easy.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Makin’s Clay® Snowflake Gift Bottle


This is a plastic bottle makeover (see Pepcid® Complete® Bottle Makeover for the first one I did.)  I like to re-use or recycle when I can so covering plastic bottles makes me happy.  I used Makin’s Clay® because it is an air dry clay.  The covered bottle does not need to go into the oven for the clay to cure so the bottle won't melt.  I plan to use my newly transformed bottle to put money in and give as a Christmas gift to my favorite daughter.

 This is how I made the Snowflake Gift Bottle:


I used blue clay to totally cover the bottle. 


After the bottle dried I mixed a small dab of tacky glue with water.  I painted it on the bottle then rubbed on white glitter. I covered the whole bottle.

 I made snowflakes using white clay and Makin’s® Push Mold - Christmas Nature.  Once they dried, I used the glue and water mix to paint the recessed areas of the snowflakes then added blue glitter.




Using tacking glue, I glued the snowflakes to the bottle.  Now my bottle is ready to use.  Now, I'm off to find a $5 bill to go inside.  Isn't my daughter lucky?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Creating Texture Sheets Using Makin’s Clay®

I have several hard plastic items that have really nice textures.  In the past, I would roll my clay out on the textures hoping to get a good impression.  Now, I’ve discovered how to get a great impression every time by creating my own texture sheets using Makin’s Clay®. 
Makin’s Clay® is an air dry clay so the texture sheet does not have to be baked.  It just dries out with the texture on it!
All of the Makin’s Clay® was rolled out to a #7 or a one card thickness before being placed on the texture plates or stamps.
These are Fiskars® Texture plates.  They are made of hard plastic and will not go through a pasta machine.  After I rolled the clay out, I placed the clay on the texture plate, put a piece of paper over the clay, and then ran it through a die cut machine as if it were an embossing plate.  The clay will stick to the texture plate.  Just put it aside until the clay dries and the clay will release from the plate.  These is no need to use a release agent when you use the texture sheet with polymer clay.

These are hard plastic activity tops to a Rose Art Activity Desk.  I picked the desks up at various yard sales for about 50 cents a piece!  These desk tops are too large to go through the die cut machine so I placed the clay directly a texture on the desk top.  Then, I used my fingers and pushed on the clay until I felt the entire pattern was pushed into the clay.  I set it aside until the clay dried and loosened on its own from the plate.

This is just a rubber stamp.  It is also too big to go through my die cut machine so I just pressed the clay onto the stamp and set it aside to dry.   I did have to pull it off of the stamp but it came off with no problem.
This is a texture plate that came with an easy bake oven.  I put it through the die cut machine.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Makin’s Clay® Halloween Cutters

I love the Makin’s Clay® Halloween Cutter Set!  Here are a few charms/pendants I made with some of the cutters. They were so quick and easy to make! 

This is how I made them:
·         Rolled the clay on the largest setting of the clay machine.
·         Doubled the thickness.
·         Laid a plastic bag on top (this makes the edges rounded).
·         Cut out.
·         Added an eye pin.
·         Added crystals and hatband.
·         Let dry

Now I have to decide what I want to do with them; pendants for necklaces, charms for a bracelet, or maybe earrings.  Hmm, if I make earrings, do I make them match or just pick any two???
Check out my Owl Pendants project on the Makin’s Clay® Blog to see pictures of using the plastic bag and how I bend and add my eye pins.  The owl cutter is also from the Makin’s Clay® Halloween Cutter Set!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

More Makin's Clay Flower Petal Earrings

I love working with these flower petals made from an extruded Makin’s Clay® cane.  These earrings are just another example of what can be made from the canes.
If you would like to make these earrings, just go to the Makin’s Clay® Blog  to the project called Flower Pendant - Caning with Makin’s Clay®.  The project explains how to make a cane which is used to make fun, funky flowers that can be turned into a pendant. 

  1. Follow the instructions on how to make the Makin’s Clay® cane
  2. Once the cane is dry, cut an odd amount of petals.  I used 19.  One to hang at the bottom of the chain and two for each link in the chain where petals will hang. 
  3. Cut a small length of chain for each earring.  I cut 20 links.
  4. I drilled the holes in the petal but a needle tool can be used to poke the holes.
  5. Add a jump ring to the petal and attach to a link in the chain.  I added one to each side of the link.
  6. Add an earring hooks and your beautiful earrings are done!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Flower Petal Earrings

This month I created a project using Makin’s Clay® called Flower Pendant - Caning with Makin’s Clay®.  The project explains how to make a cane which is used to make fun, funky flowers that can be turned into a pendant.

These are some earrings I made using the same cane created for the Flower Pendant project.

If you would like to make them, following these easy instructions:

Go to the Flower Pendant project on the Makin’s Clay®Blog and make a flower petal cane and let it dry.

Make pea size beads of clay, poke holes through them, and let them dry.

Once the cane and beads are dry, cut enough petals from the cane to go around the entire top of the bead.

Put the beads on a needle tool (I use turkey lacers).

Apply tacky glue around the top of the bead.

Add the petals and let dry.

Add findings, beads, and earring hooks to finish.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Faux Stone Jewelry with Makin's Clay

Recently, I created a project using Makin's Clay® called Grapevine Vase which is featured on the Makin’s Clay® blog.  I wanted the vase to look like it was made out of stone so I used a recipe of white clay, black acrylic paint, and pepper to achieve a faux stone look.  Using the same recipe from the vase project, I made small rocks to create this bracelet, earrings, and pendant. 

For the bracelet, I made the rocks a consistent size by rolling out the clay and using the same cutter for each rock.

For the earrings, I used the same cutter but used one cutout for the smallest rock, two cutouts for the next, and three for the biggest rock. 

For the pendant, I used the leftover clay to make a flat stone and stamped the word, ‘STRENGTH’ on the front.  I inserted an eye pin before the clay dried.

For the rocks in the bracelet and earrings, I drilled the holes with an electric drill after they dried.

I antiqued all of the rocks by painting on black acrylic paint and immediately rinsing it off.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Pepcid® Complete® Bottle Makeover

Makin’s Clay® is an air-dry clay.  This makes it ideal to use to cover plastic containers that would normally melt if they were put in an oven to cure.  This is a Pepcid® Complete® container that was given a Makin’s Clay® makeover.
 I recently designed a project for Makin’s Clay® called Grapevine Vase.  I created the base clay to look like stone using white clay, black acrylic paint, and pepper.  I liked the look so much that I wanted to cover something different then a glass vase so I chose the Pepcid plastic bottle.  Each time I buy a new bottle, I can just dump the tablets into the decorated bottle and each time I have to chew a tablet, maybe my decorated bottle will help me forget my heartburn!


Sooooo, this is how I decorated the bottle: 

1.       Use the instructions from the Grapevine Vase project to create the stone clay.

2.       Roll the stone clay out on a #5 on a Makin’s®Professional™ Ultimate Clay Machine™ and cover the bottom and top of the bottle separately.  I found that rubbing a small amount of water along any seams helps make the seam disappear.

3.       Mold and then place the molded items on a moist paper towel.  This keeps the back nice and moist so they will easily stick to the bottle when it is time to put them in place.  I used Makin’s® Floral andBorders Push Molds and Makin’s Clay® Vineyard Vines purple and green and yellow clay.

a.       Nine green leaves. 

b.      Three purple flowers.  Add a small dot of yellow on top of the center. 

c.       Two leaf borders.

4.       Place the leaf borders around the top of the bottle to cover where the seam between the top and the bottom.

5.       Arrange the leaves and flowers on the front of bottle to your liking.

6.       Let the entire bottle dry.

7.       Antique with burnt umber oil paint mixed with turpenoid to thin the paint out.  Paint on and rub off.  If the paint gets too thick in areas, rub off with a little turpenoid.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sea Shell Necklace

Makin’s Clay® The No Bake Polymer Clay® is so easy to work with.  I needed a beach-themed necklace so I made this quick and easy pendant using white Makin’s Clay®, the Makin’s® Sea Shells Push Mold, and some oil paint.

Here is what I did:

·         Molded the starfish and three shells

·         Attached them to about a ½” ball of clay

·         Let the piece dry

·         Antiqued it with burnt umber oil paint

·         Added other colors of oil paint

·         Added a bail to the back

·         Put the sea shell pendant on a neck wire

So easy and quick to make!  I hope you enjoy it and it inspires you to make one!